the nail files: going ape for cheetah (print)

Wohoo!! It's time for the nail files!

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I know that it's November 1st, but I still thought I'd share the mani I did to match my Halloween costume from last Saturday.

Here's what I used for my matching mani:

And here's what I did!

For the gradient, I started with one coat of Cleopatra, and then two coats with a sponge with both Cleopatra and Felicity. Click here to watch my gradient tutorial! When they were dry, I added a coat of Paris (from Julep, not pictured because I forgot, whoops) to the tips for some sparkle! 

For the leopard, I did two coats of Felicity, and then randomly put blobs of I'm Not Lion with a dotting tool. When that was dry, I went around the edges of the sparkle with Cleopatra (using a smaller dotting tool).

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  1. What a great costume! I'm loving the gradient, now I'm wishing I'd picked up Cleopatra, as I'm guessing it's going to be quite versatile in nail art.

  2. Love this! It matches your costume perfectly!! Plus you're just a great artist when it comes to doing your nails, seriously wish I had your mad skills!

  3. First, you look so cute in your Halloween costume! What a great idea! I love your mani too. Especially the gradient! Happy November! xoxo

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE this mani. SO pretty! The black with the gold tips (and of course glitter) just pop.

  5. Such an awesome costume and matching mani! You are the most creativest person ever(est)!

  6. your costume is awesome! so creative.

    I love the gold to black gradient

  7. Oh, that is fantastic! Love the nails, love the costume! :D

  8. I seriously crack up everytime I come back to your page today and see that costume hahah. Your pose, especially. So "damsel in distress" of you ;) OH and fabulous nails too, love that they coordinated with your outfit!!!


  9. Love the cheetah nails! Too cute! :)

  10. I'm loving your nails! The designs are too cute! Thanks for hosting the link up :)

    Lillies & Silk


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